Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Democratic Road Forward on Immigration

In my latest for The Liberal Patriot, I consider the Democrats' dead in the water immigration bill and the various problems it indicates about the Democrats' approach to immigration writ large.
"The Democrats have put forward a very ambitious immigration bill. Ambitious, but without the remotest chance of passing. Republicans will not sign on to a bill that essentially does nothing to address their concerns about border security, so they will filibuster the bill in the Senate. And Democrats are not going to try to break the filibuster for this bill. Therefore it will not pass.
The timing is also peculiar. The country is still reeling from the twin covid and economic crises, which will take some time to resolve even if the Democrats are successful with their related legislative efforts and mass vaccination drive. Is this really the right time to pursue legislation that could drive increased border crossings, thereby melding border security with health security concerns?...
Democrats moving forward have to accept the reality of American public opinion and politics that border security is a huge issue that cannot be elided in any attempt to reform the immigration system."
Read the rest at The Liberal Patriot. And subscribe!

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